National University of Ireland, Galway

Assalamualaikum w.b.t

-NUI Galway is the Sunday Times University of the Year 2009-10
-NUI Galway has more than 16,000 students from over 90 countries across the world
-13% of our students are international
-There are 82 student societies and 41 sports clubs


The newest facility provided by the university is Kingfisher sports complex. The complex includes:-
- A six-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, with a moveable floor (international competition standard)
- Dedicated squash and racquetball courts
- A National League basketball arena and sports hall with bleacher seating for over 600 spectators
- A 100-piece cardiovascular gym with 35 pieces of resistance equipment
- A dedicated elite training gym
- Two fitness studios, suitable for aerobic training
- A competition-style climbing wall
- Saunas and a steam room

The are two prayer rooms available; one is located in the main campus and the one in the Clinical Science Institute.


Medicine is the main course of choice among Malaysian Students. There are about 120 medical students for each batch, with an average of 15 Malaysian students.


There are 10 student accommodations available for NUI Galway students. Most of the years, first year Malaysian students are being placed in Dunaras Village and Atlantis Apartment.
Dunaras Village is situated within 20-25 minutes walking distance from the campus while Atlantis Apartment is less than 10 minutes walking distance. Buses to the campus are provided.
All Malaysian students will move out and rent a house nearer to campus and hospital after a year.

Halal Food

Mediteranean shop (known as 'Pak Mat') and Aroma store are the only two halal stores near to Malaysian community. The price is affordable. Malaysian foods are also available in those stores such as maggi, habhal soy sauce, maggi chilli sauce, milo and etc. Raw ingredients to cook Malaysian foods are also available. These includes green chillies, lemon grass, coconut milk, basmati rice and more.

Malaysian Community

There is approximately 100 Malaysians including undergraduates and post graduates.

What to Prepare

All important documents!

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University College Cork

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Cork County is The Rebel County. So yes, we are always unique to the rest of the state.

Personally, when I first heard of it, I was like, ""Cork? What an uncool name!"" Well, indeed it is! but definitely not the people! Believe me!~ Cork has such a vibrant and positive aura, exception - on Thursday and Friday nights where the roads are busy with drunk people *sigh*. The people are friendly and we have a significant number of Muslim community here.

UCC is considered not only a respected University but also one of the nicest 'gardens' belonging to Cork as a whole. The campus is situated along a riverside garden setting, radiating a warm, personal charm, which greatly enhances the learning environment. I took this from the university website. But, I can assure you, it is not something like "indah kabar dari rupa". Needless to say more. It is better for you to experience it yourself.


Hmm.. in terms of the facilities, UCC has almost everything a student could want. We have a huge Sport Arena with first-rate sporting facilities; swimming pool, climbing-wall et cetera. And of course, it is FREE for all students. And the new Boole Library is just MASSIVE and SUPERB. Oh, our university ID is better-looking than the other uni as well. Hik hik hik..

For us, the Muslim students, the school has provided such a comfy prayer room in the Health Science Building and it even has a sink and basin for us to take wudu'. Just don't forget about the swapping every Friday between the brothers and sisters. Talk about some day-mare when you open the door to just a whole different species staring at you. @_@


Most undergraduates are studying Medicine and a small proportion are doing Dentistry. There are also Post-graduates who are studying Nursing and Engineering. In total there are roughly 120 Malaysians; so it's a much smaller community compared to Dublin, but hey, we are much more happier and friendlier than the Dubliners!


Basically, first year students will be staying in the Students' Hall, known as the (not-so-white-) Castlewhite Apartment. I hate saying this but you have no choice but to live in an apartment with local students and other international students. It was a good experience anyway staying with non-Malaysians but sometimes, you really have to be extra patient with them.

But fret not, who knows, insyaAllah you'll meet some of the coolest vegetarian Americans and non-party-drinking-Irish ever! Amin to that!!

Life as a Muslim

IT'S AWESOME!! Do I need to say how many times I'm blessed to actually be a Muslim?? Really, Islam pulls you through every single day in Medicine (and Dentistry!!) and when you get to learn Psychiatry one day, oh my...:)

UCC has our own Islamic Society called Muslim Cultural Society; it's a great society which has better themselves (or better, ourselves, insyaAllah) since its beginning. Every single Muslim Malaysian student of UCC have associated themselves wth MCS's history, so why don't you be a part of the history as well??

We also have the Cork Mosque; and the whole Muslim community always try to get together in every single event organized by either the Cork Mosque itself, the Cork Mosque Women Group and UCC MCS.

Halal Food

Halal food is not a problem:) Just come here and we'll show you more (or better, we'll cook for you!! One house has all the machines to become a bakery, really)

Malaysian Community

Malaysians are not the majority here (as you may have pictured); but our experience of living in a multi-cultural country will help us to adapt to new people and the new things surrounding us. Encountering new people, new dialect (oh, the Cork accent can be quite difficult to follow; be ready to speed up that speaking speed!), new buildings, new air and atmosphere can be exhausting at times, but most of the juniors who arrived here, in 3 months time will be obliged to say how happy they are to come to Cork. Oh no, not because they have the most loving and caring seniors ever (thank you¬) but Allah has blessed Cork with great people overall.

Here, we hope that all Malaysians will be able to grow into better people that can shine and contribute their best for the Ummah, Islam and our beloved Malaysia now and in the future.

What to prepare?

Passport. Haha. You need to pass the security check first!

Okay, here's a summarized list. The rest will shared more at JOM:
1. Al-Quran (with terjemahan is better)
2. Stationeries (you thought you wouldn't be needing them, won't you?)
3. Notepads (for taking down notes in lectures)
* don't buy 5-6 of them, just 1-2 is enough for the start of the term. Notepads are pretty expensive here.
4. Clothes- your usual daily clothes, socks, pants, tudung etc3.
5. Rempah makanan Malaysia that you just can't live without. Like Ruski, right? Or serunding! Or your mom's secret ingredients.
6. Medical books!!- contact your person listed below.

Okay, for coat or sweater, DON'T bring the winter thick ones from Malaysia. Because there are still time before winter when you get here and plus, they have better designs here as well. Seriously. If you have to bring one, best to bring the one that have hoodies as well. Cause if you haven't heard, Ireland rains all year round.

When you have reached this paragraph, you'll probably realized that we're trying to exaggerate, a lil bit romanticizing but not distorting or fabricating the truth about living in Cork nor studying in UCC. It's a great city to live in insyaAllah. If you're the city-person type, Ireland is not the place for you anyway; but open your heart and sooner than later you'll be missing Cork each time you went away :)

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Trinity College Dublin - Introduction

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Founded in 1592 by letters patent from Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university of Ireland and its best ever. Since it is an ancient university, expect those streams of tourists from all over the world, almost all-year round. If you’re one of those who love the ranks, Trinity is 52nd in QS World University Rankings 2010 (Wohoo, not bad eh?). Not only that, the School of Medicine is celebrating our Tercentenary (300 years; 1711-2011, that’s how old we are! *clap..clap..*) this year, so a lot of activities have been going to celebrate such achievement. Located 7 minutes from the heart of Dublin and a minute from the famous pedestrian walk of Grafton Street, you’ll find the surroundings as charming and lively.

Worried on how you’ll get by the new surroundings and all? Don’t worry, we have the first week of the academic year for Freshers' Week (before all those gruesome lectures). The university will offer you official orientation sessions covering introduction to university life and services, computer access, including Library and Sports Centre tours. Yet, there are so many clubs and societies out there opening their booths promoting the activities. Rock climbing, shooting, South East Asian, Islamic Society, the Students Union - It all depends on you to decide which of those might suit yourself. (You’ll have us as well to boss you … err… to help you of course!!!)

There is a prayer room located at Gold Smith Halls [nun jauh disana] It is the only prayer room in Trinity and we Malaysians call it ‘Gua Thur’ (Trinity and all the mystics and mysteries surrounding them). Even though it might sound far, the new building of School of Medicine will be up and running next term and they’re quite near to each other, as well as other Sciences faculties (now that tells you about Muslims students here. Yes, most of us are Science students but there are students from other faculties as well).

Have we told you about our magnificent Sports Centre? It has a 25 metre, 6 lane swimming pools with a floating floor, a large fitness theatre with over 60 exercise stations, an 11 metre high climbing wall, a fitness studio and a spin studio, sauna and steam room and two large sports halls. Outdoor facilities on campus include Croquet Lawn, Tennis Courts, Rugby, Soccer and Cricket pitches along with a running track in the summer. Off campus there are extensive playing fields at Santry and the Trinity Boat Club has its boathouse on the River Liffey at Islandbridge. (All these from the TCD website, of course! You guys should check it out.) Not only that, we have superb Science gallery, numerous Arts galleries and the famous Book of Kells.

Compared to both RCSI and UCD, entrance of Malaysian students in Trinity every year is in a small number, and they’re usually under government sponsorship [MARA + JPA] for both Medicine and Dentistry courses. For example this year, we have 13 meds and dentistry first years combined. However, there are still opportunities for those pursuing post grads education here in under subjects as well, and Trinity is famous as the central hub of research in Ireland.

Malaysian students are always given the spot in Trinity Hall but you can also opt to live with Malaysian, Irish or International students as well around Dublin. (However, First year students under MARA are obliged to stay in the Trinity Hall).

Non EU students can apply as soon as they have confirmed acceptance of an offer of a place in Trinity College and have received their Trinity ID number. You may choose your roommates (two singles spacious bedroom) if you know their full name and student number. And you can stay there for maximum 2 years. The rent for halls usually goes in every term. You can leave before the next term starts (better for you bank account) but you must give the accommodation office at least 1 month's notice and it helps if you can find people willing to take your spot. If you decide to leave before the term is over, they won't refund your money.

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Trinity College Dublin - Transportation and FOOD ;)

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There are 3 ways to get to campus from halls:

1. Bus

If you are willing to walk to Rathmines town (~15-20 mins walk) you can take buses 14, 14A, 15, 15A. There is a bus that stops right outside halls: bus 128. Most people take this one. If you take the bus, the journey itself is usually about 20-30 minutes during off-peak hours. However, the buses come less frequently off-peak.


LUAS is like LRT but it runs on street level. There are 2 lines in Dublin city: Green (Southside) and Red (Northside). Since halls and Trinity are on the Southside, you would be taking the Green line.
The nearest stop for halls is Milltown (about 15 mins walk). You take the LUAS to the last stop, St Stephen's Green, and walk from there to Trinity (~10 mins). The whole journey takes about 20 mins.
Basically, both services cost about the same. People who don't really like walking very far usually take the bus I think.

3. Foot

It’s possible to walk. It takes about 45 minutes. I suppose it's ok to walk in autumn but in winter it would be quite terrible (rain, wind, cold etc).
The walking route people take is the one followed by the bus.


It is most convenient to cook. You can get halal chicken easily from halal shops. there is one in Rathmines, which is the nearest to the Halls. The price is relatively cheap and insyaAllah it will be much more cheaper than eating outside. You just need some willpower and a little bit of cooking skills! There is also Asian foodstores, known as Oriental Emporium. This is the place to get materials such as rempah, maggi, kicap, sos cap megi, rare materials such as pandan leaves, serai, fish and shrimps, coconut milk and many more. Nevertheless, eating out is still an option. There are not many halal food restaurants around, but you can still get them nonetheless. I personally think that the price is relatively cheaper in UK than in Ireland.

Malaysian Community

In Ireland, we have quite a big malaysian community, especially in Dublin and most of them are students. We also have many Malaysian doctors as well. During Eid celebration, we usually gather at the malaysian hall to celebrate with fellow malaysians and feel the Eid atmosphere. As for the malaysian community in our university, as mentioned before, it is quite small as there are not many malaysian students in TCD. However, there are two societies that are usually being participated by the malaysians; they are the muslim student association (along with the other muslims) and south east asian society (with other asians).

What to prepare

Same with other uni, buy related books [depends on the course, u can ask seniors about this] it is better to buy books from Malaysia. Passport and relevant letter [eg offer letter etc].

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